The tool steps you through a series of pages that present both basic information and the chance for you to make some of your own assumptions or judgments based on your own opinion.
As you proceed, you’ll be analyzing a fictional community that is considering whether to allow the construction of a new big box retail store, either downtown or nearby. You may want to think about similarities between your own town and the examples used here. As you go, you’ll see the economic, environmental, social, and visual effects that would result from the assumptions and choices you make. You’ll also be able go back and change assumptions to see how they affect your results. At the end, you’ll see charts and graphics illustrating the results of your hypothetical choices.
What It Is and What It Isn’t
The model here is just a model, and of course it is not perfectly realistic and accurate. However, we’ve tried to make it complete enough that the analysis you see provides some useful, reasonably reliable insights into the positive and negative effects of big box retail on communities.